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Brenda Dickson's personal infomercial on her website is an utter HOOT!

She comes across as about as crazy as a rat in a coffee-can.  "Never eat sugar--it causes wrinkles!"  "The Eighties was THE decade for glamour!"

Also, check out David Hasselhoff's over the top music videos for further hootdom.

I really wish that somehow, some day, Grayson Hall and Nancy Barrett's scenes from One Life to Live could be released on DVD...

G.


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Current Talk '10 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0980
« on: April 19, 2010, 08:49:25 PM »
Lydia, I disagree that Julia would have had a chat with Quentin about the necessity of destroying Barnabas.  I think, if anything, she would have grown all the more fanatically devoted to him and there might have been a repeat of the dynamic towards the end of the 1967 storyline, only this time with the backdrop of a growing emotional closeness between B & J--whether Lela Swift (who was I think then the de facto head writer) would have taken this into a romantic relationship between the two is hard to know.

I personally think the main drive to move into PT was the need to come up with a way of maintaining production on the series while most of the main actors were working on the movie.  I've often thought that the series might have had a longer life if it had gone on hiatus periodically--I realize that soap operas never go on hiatus, but since when did Dark Shadows follow the rules of others.  This would have give everyone a break from the relentless pressure of producing the show, would have given those who wished to do so the chance to pursue other projects, etc.

I still think that DC was behind pulling the plug for good on the show in March 1971 simply because he did not want to have to deal with another situation like what happened in the Spring of 1970.

G.

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Current Talk '10 I / Re: Original DS on Chiller??
« on: April 19, 2010, 08:42:06 PM »
Did anyone check to see what was actually aired? 

It would be really great for the original series to have a home again on broadcast TV even though the networks seem to be well along to going the way of the dinosaurs...

G.

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Dear Cousin Barnabas,

just keep repeating to yourself those magic words--"Warners greenlights Night of DS restoration project..."

It's the main thing I focus on at this point.  I'm quite prepared to hear next that they're going to cast the whole Depp Shadows thing with Muppets at this point.  (particularly if the new Muppet movie really takes off--fancy Miss Piggy as Angelique?)

The three things the suits care about are sales, sales, and sales.  Oh and merchandising. 

G.

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That's wonderful news, Midnite.  I surely wish that Netflix carried Sinister Cinema releases!

G.

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A friend says you use something he calls "polarized" glasses to watch now with the new technique. It sounds like a complete upgrade from the old 3 D.

To be blunt, I find it all a crashing bore.  But for those who are into it--the "industry" is jumping on this bigtime.

G.

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Current Talk '10 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0957
« on: April 13, 2010, 03:11:38 AM »
Another of Kaplan's habits was to make the rounds of the dressing rooms immediately after the day's taping and offer grades to various actors on their performances.

Although those I have heard mention him always spoke of him with fondness, you get the impression that he could be a real s.o.b.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: April 13, 2010, 03:05:31 AM »
Again, I'm seeing a sequence that has always been one of the few highlights of hoDS through new eyes thanks to the current wonderful selection of captures.

Unlike many other parts of the movie, this scene did present a pivotal moment in the drama where notes of character came strongly to the fore, despite DC's determination to focus on action, blood, and carnage as much as possible.

Wonderful series, MB.  Thanks!

G.

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Current Talk '10 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0958
« on: April 12, 2010, 05:09:50 PM »
I know I've mentioned this before, but for what it's worth, Violet Welles in the one interview she did with a fan (published in Dale Clark's wonderful, much-missed Inside the Old House zine) mentioned coming back to write for DS at the end of the series.  She had started out ghost-writing (ha ha) for Gordon Russell on the show and I suspect that whenever Gordon got a credit for an episode in 1971, it was actually Violet's work.  That accounts for how good some of the dialogue in the PT 1841 episodes is, even when the actual plot fails to make sense or hold up.

G.

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Current Talk '10 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0957
« on: April 12, 2010, 04:58:32 PM »
I just adore the Julia capture posted here!  What a treat! Thanks so much, MB!

In her first book (which is now long out of print) KLS complained (sort of) that Henry Kaplan always wanted "more, bigger, louder" reactions from the actors.  He would apparently yell "Tran-sish!" which meant the actor needed to convey a "transition" in a non-verbal way.

I love how Willie pouts thoughtfully at one point while talking to Barn...

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: A New Slideshow Is Coming
« on: April 12, 2010, 02:18:40 AM »
I just love Grayson's look as Julia in today's photograph.  Such understated, distinctive glamour.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 I / Re: Happy Birthday to MB!
« on: April 09, 2010, 03:34:05 PM »
Happy Birthday, Misterioso Dahling!  May your day be a delightful panoply of treats and delights... oh, and of course, tapioca pudding!  *wink*

Warmly,

G.

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The new TV Guide article (from their soaps column) has a line about Frid still playing Barnabas 39 years after the show went off the air on the Big Finish recordings.

My guess is that this statement, which is completely untrue, came out from the reporter visiting a website and looking at the first CD, which I think did have a picture of Jonathan (as Barnabas, of course) on the cover, even though his voice did not appear on the recording.

We do live in the age of spin but implying, as the statement does, that Jonathan Frid has continued on playing Barnabas for the last 39 years is extreme, even by the standards of today.

cheers, G.

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Ah, DS Festival management--last refuge for the halt and lame!

It reminds me of the end of Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe:  "We apologise for the inconvenience." 

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: April 07, 2010, 04:28:18 PM »
Unfortunately it is by the dreadful Dan "Marilyn" Ross... as I recall it, this one does actually have some decent bits, such as the scene under discussion--all no doubt cribbed from Sam and Gordon.

G.

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